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Radium Hot Springs Wildlife

 

Wildlife

The East Kootenay Region has the unique distinction of being able to support one of North America's largest number of wild animals.

Enjoying the wilderness around Radium Hot Springs and in the B.C. Provincial Parks means being responsible and taking precautions against harming the habitat of the many wild animals and plants in the region.

For information on safety around Bears & Cougars please read the BC Parks Information provided in this link. For more information on BC Provincial Parks please visit BC Parks.

 

Bighorn Sheep

These majestic animals symbolize the rugged beauty and wildlife of the Rocky Mountains. 

During the fall, winter and spring months, Bighorn sheep of the Radium-Stoddart herd are frequently seen in the Village of Radium Hot Springs and on neighbouring low elevation benchlands and valley bottom.

In summer they graze the high mountain meadows of Kootenay National Park and have their young. Fall brings them back to into the Columbia Valley for the winter.

Bighorn sheep are a famous attraction for Radium Hot Springs.  During late October – early November they can be seen around the village partaking in their famous head banging ritual and rutting activities.

The horns from a male Bighorn Sheep can grow to be up to 127cm long (50inches).  Adult Rams grow to be about 100cm (40inches) tall and weigh between 90-135kg (200-300lbs).  A Ewe, a female Bighorn Sheep, also grows horns but these are much smaller then the Ram’s Horns.

 

Quick Facts about Bighorn sheep

·        mating time is November to December, head-on combat between Rams is displayed

·        female ewes resemble domestic goats with short horns

·        male rams have large curved spiral horns

·        eat mostly grasses

·        prefer open grassland areas

·        predators are wolves, cougar, grizzly bear and golden eagles

For more information visit the Bighorn in Our Backyard website.

Please drive carefully and watch for wildlife crossing roads

Drive as if their life depends on it.

 

 

Bird Watching

Visit www.adventurevalley.com for Birdwatching info and the yearly "Wings Over the Rockies" event.

 

Wolves

This elusive predator was nearly eliminated from this area in the early 1900's and again in 1940. After an absence of 30 years wolves were sighted again in Kootenay National Park in the winter of 1982- 83. Wolves in varying numbers have occupied the Kootenay Valley ever since, and wolf packs also occur at least intermittently in parts of the Columbia Valley.

Quick facts about Wolves

·        travel in packs

·        travel about 18 km a day, can easily cover over 70 km a day when they pace along a trail or fire road at their usual 10 km per hour

·        average pack consumes approximately one large mammal a week.

·        prey on elk, deer, moose, mountain sheep, marmots, ground squirrels, hares, mice

·        and even spawning salmon

Bears

  • Both Black and Grizzly bears can be found in the Radium Area. Quite often the can be spotted through Kootenay National Park throughout May and June. For more information on bears visit Parks Canada's page on both Grizzly bears and Black bears.

       Hunting

·         Ten big game species are found within its 26,000 square kilometer area. The total big game population exceeds 100,000 animals yielding densities of approximately four animals per square kilometer. Big game found in the Region include white tail and mule deer, elk, caribou, moose, mountain goat, mountain sheep, black and grizzly bear and cougar.

      Fishing

·         The abundance of streams and lakes in the East Kootenay support sport fisheries and serve as important spawning and rearing areas for a variety of species. Dolly Varden, Rainbow, Cut-throat, Eastern Brook trout, Mountain Whitefish and Kokanee make up the majority of catches in the Kootenay River and its tributaries. In addition, many lakes are stocked with fish from the Provincial hatchery near Wardner.

 

Please drive carefully and watch for wildlife crossing roads!

"Drive as if their life depends on it"

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